The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, was signed into law in April 2009 with some Republicans in both the U.S. House and Senate voting for it at a time when Congress was controlled by Democrats. As we near election day November 2012, this is a reminder that your Congressman or Senator may have been among those voting for the Mother of all Community Organizing programs. If so, rethinking your support and vote may be in order.
As you read the details, I ask, can you imagine a single conservative principle that will be passed on to America’s young paid volunteers through this Act, as they put on their uniforms (taxpayer paid), to get their $1800.00 monthly check for voluntary service, so that they eventually get a $4,725.00 check to pay off previous education loans? (See a list below of Republicans who voted for Serve America).
The reeducation of these paid volunteers will be modeled after Public Allies, of which Michelle Obama was once an Executive Director, just after her husband, a founding member, resigned.
Along with a monthly paycheck and funds to pay down college loans, “volunteers” receive health care and child care.
The program, which extends AmeriCorps and adds new dimensions to it, is estimated by the CBO to cost $6 Billion 2010 – 2014 (4 years). That was in 2009. I see no current estimates.
The program extends and expands the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) which is now instructed to organize a Call to Service campaign.
Every September 11th in our future is being organized by the NCCC.
✔ Creates a Clean Energy Service Corps
✔ Creates an Education Corps
✔ Creates a Healthy Futures Corps
✔Creates a Veterans Service Corps
✔ Creates an Opportunity Corps
✔ Creates a National Service Corps
✔ Creates a Senior Corps
✔ Creates The Youth Engagement Zones program
✔ Creates a Semester of Service for the indoctrination of sixth through twelfth graders
✔ Creates The Social Innovations Funds to allow taxpayers to make funding possible (apparently outside of the Act’s original funding)
✔ Creates The Volunteer Generation Fund to provide monetary resources for companies and other organizations to learn to work with volunteers.
✔Creates Silver Scholarships for Seniors
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But its real mission is to radicalize American youth and use them to bring about “social change” through threats, pressure, tension and confrontation — the tactics used by the father of community organizing, Saul “The Red” Alinsky.
Hyscience in 2009 said the program will train 250,000 “volunteers,” which means taxpayers are funding the training and uniforms for 250,000 volunteers who will enter the program, and then exit the program and then we will buy more “uniforms,” and continually pay more trainers, and every year the budget will soar, and the number of paid “volunteers” will be increased.
The legislation also refers to “uniforms” that would be worn by the “volunteers” and the “need” for a “public service academy, a 4-year institution” to “focus on training” future “public sector leaders.” The training, apparently, would occur at “campuses.”…
Remember Obama’s proposed “Civilian National Security Force” when he said our Military should not bear the entire burden of our security – that we needed a Civilian National Security Force which would be just as “powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” [as the Military]. In the World Net Daily article linked above, writer Bob Unruh, in March 2009 before the bill passed, quoted an astounding statement allegedly found in the bill at that time:
The new bill specifically references the possibilities “if all individuals in the United States were expected to perform national service or were required to perform a certain amount of national service.”
Such new requirements perhaps, the legislation notes, “would strengthen the social fabric of the Nation and overcome civic challenges by bringing together people from diverse economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds.”
In response, Canada Free Press noted that “volunteerism’ that kept America running since the days of its founding” would be “wiped out with the stroke of a pen.”
By this time, you must be anxiously awaiting the names of the Republicans who voted for the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. The names in bold text were either voted out of office in 2010, retired or have lost a 2012 primary:
Seventy-One Republicans voting (Yea or Yes): Young (AK), Griffith (AL), Bachus (AL), Gallegly (CA), McKeon (CA), Lewis (CA), Calvert (CA), Bono Mack (CA), Bilbray (CA), Castle (DE), Crenshaw (FL), Brown-Waite (FL), Bilirakis (FL), Young (FL), Putnam (FL), Buchanan (FL), Rooney (FL), Ros-Lehtinen (FL), Diaz-Balart Lincoln (FL), Diaz-Balart Mario (FL), Latham (IA), Simpson (ID), Kirk (IL), Biggert (IL), Johnson (IL), Schock (IL), Shimkus (IL), Souder (IN), Guthrie (KY), Rogers (KY), Cao (R), Cassidy (LA), Ehlers (MI), Camp (MI), Upton (MI), Rogers (MI), Miller (MI), McCotter (MI), Paulsen (MN), Emerson (MO), Rehberg (MT), Fortenberry (NE), Terry (NE), LoBiondo (NJ), Smith (NJ), Lance (NJ), Frelinghuysen (NJ), Heller (NV), King (NY), McHugh (NY), Lee (NY), Turner (OH), Austria (OH), Tiberi (OH), LaTourette (OH), Sullivan (OK), Lucas (OK), Cole (OK), Walden (OR), Thompson (PA), Gerlach (PA), Dent (PA), Murphy (PA), Platts (PA), Roe (TN), Wittman (VA), Wolf (VA), McMorris Rodgers (WA), Reichert (WA), Petri (WI), Capito (WV).
Four Republicans in the House did not vote: Gary Miller (CA), Charles Boustany (LA), Louis Gohmert (TX), and Pete Olson (TX)
In the House, a simple majority was need for passage. In the final vote, Yeas were 74%.
Twenty-one Republican Senators voted Yea or Yes:
Murkowski (AK), McCain (AZ), Martinez (FL), Chambliss (GA), Isakson (GA), Grassley (IA), Lugar (IN), Collins (ME), Snowe (ME), Bond (MO), Cochran (MS), Wicker (MS), Burr (NC), Johanns (NE), Gregg (NH), Voinovich (FL), Alexander (TN), Hutchison (TX), Bennett (UT), Hatch (UT), Enzi (WY).
In the Senate, a 3/5ths vote was required to pass. The vote was 80% to 19% for the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.
Do today’s children have a way to escape the “training” mechanisms that Liberal/Progressive/Marxist/Alinsky-ite Community Organizers have so deftly put in place over the years? You know and I know, it is all about the ballot box.